Area Residents Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

More than a Century ago, the Mexican Army defeated a much larger French Army in the small town of Puebla. To some, Cinco de Mayo may be just another reason to head out to a Mexican restaurant for some food and drinks.

"It's just a great time to get out and party and enjoy friends and family,” says Joe Bennet, celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

"Oh this is the second time I've celebrated Cinco de Mayo. It's a good excuse to get out and enjoy time with friends,” comments Tim Thielen.

But as Cinco de Mayo becomes more popular, people are becoming more curious about the story behind the date.

"Basically I learned everything I know here in Tallahassee with all of the Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants,” says Carl Cooksey, Manager of El Chico Restaurant.

The day is often mistaken for the equivalent of the American Fourth of July, but according to history buffs, that's close, but not quite.

"The best I can tell you about Cinco de Mayo is that it's the day the Mexican Army defeated the French Army in 1862,” shares Cooksey.

Believe it or not, it's estimated there are more celebrations and parties in the United States for Cinco de Mayo than there are in Mexico.

Another fact, while Mexico won the battle fought on the May 5, in 1862, the French remained in the country. Mexico did not oust the French until 1867.